Opening its doors in 1996, Emerald Downs --a thoroughbred racetrack in Auburn, Washington-- replaced the Longacres Racetrack after the latter closed in 1992. Its appellation was taken from Seattle, the Emerald City. A few years after, the land and facilities were purchased by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. They have, since then, made a series of improvements, including an 1150- square foot big screen at the infield.

Interestingly enough, the infield at Emerald Downs has a system that accommodates all the runoff from storms coming from the rooftops, racetrack, parking lots and the south portion of the property. Meticulously tested by the venue for fecal matter, ammonia, pH levels and other indicators, the water is then released at a set rate of discharge at a nearby creek to prevent overflowing. As a matter of fact, from fall until spring a great part of the infield is flooded, thus creating a temporary habitat for small wildlife.

From April to September, Emerald Downs hosts Live Thoroughbred racing and also conducts large ungraded stakes plus overnight handicaps and stakes. In addition, to live racing, the track offers simulcast wagering year-round.

The pride and joy of Emerald Downs is the Grade III event, the Longacres Mile Handicap. It started out in 1935 with a purse set at $10,000 and instantly became the largest staked one-miler in the country.

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Emerald Downs Racetrack Facts:

  • Racecourse type: Flat, American Thoroughbred & Others.
  • Location: Auburn, Washington
  • Purse: $1.4 million
  • Venue Capacity: N/A
  • Track length: one mile
  • Important track records: (2014 & 2015) Stryker PhD became the first horse to win in consecutive years the Longacres Mile.